The most vertical mileage is in Samoëns

Looking for a challenge? Samoëns invites you to take on the Criou vertical kilometre, the shortest and steepest in the world! With or without a trail stick, in a group or solo, this monument to trail running invites all enthusiasts to come and test themselves.


The summit as the only objective

Set off to conquer the Criou summit from the village of Samoëns, from the Place du Gros Tilleul, thanks to the Verticale du Criou. It is a slope of 1000m of difference in altitude over approximately 2km that awaits the bravest of the runners. This extreme course is a major challenge that attracts more than 200 runners every year.


A race against time in the heart of the Alps

Lа Vеrtіcаlе du Crіоu in Samoëns sе dérоulе sоus lа fоrmе of a cоntrе lа mоntrе, with a dépаrt tоutеs lеs 20 sеcоndеs to reach Samoëns’ iconic summit. Lоrs dе vоtrе іnscrіptіоn, vоus іndіquеrеn the еstіmаtіоn of vоtrе tеmps dе cоursе to be placed in the starting order. The Criou mountain has many surprises in store for you!

An individual race yet well surrounded

All along the route, supporters and volunteers encourage the many participants who attempt the adventure. This individual race, where each athlete comes to confront himself (and the Criou), brings together very different profiles. A unique moment of self-transcendence and sharing.

The Criou vertical kilometre, in brief:

  • A unique and very demanding course
    A sumptuous setting
    The steepest vertical kilometre in the world
    Two possible starting points

Foire aux questions

When can I test the Criou vertical kilometre course?
The Criou vertical kilometre course is accessible all year round. However, we do not recommend testing it in winter because of the potentially very slippery terrain due to the slope and the weather conditions.
How much does it cost to participate in the KMV?
Participation in the Criou de Samoëns vertical costs 25€.
Wanneer vindt de volgende editie plaats en waar kan ik me inschrijven?
De volgende editie van de Criou-kilometer vindt plaats op 13 augustus 2023. Om in te schrijven, ga naar here.


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